Queen Mary restoration effort spotlight in Long Beach Business Journal

As one of the crown jewels of Long Beach since 1967, the Queen Mary has fascinated locals and tourists from across the globe. The ship underwent a substantial conversion from the point it permanently docked in Long Beach’s harbor to 1971. Part of that conversion was to redesign the ship as a destination with a hotel, event space and attractions on board.

“I don’t know that those making the decision really understood how she would be reigned years later as a historic asset,” John Thomas, the ship’s historic consultant, told the Business Journal. “Today we are working with the city to take more of a focus of the ship being a historical art piece as well as a destination.” With the number of historic ships dwindling, and the fact that many of those that do remain have been gutted, Thomas said, “There’s fear out there for a lot of these ships right now.”

Check out my article and accompanying photo tour online at LBBusinessJournal.com!

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